Finally, a no race weekend to focus on my marathon training run–about time since race day is in 3 weeks. Anyway, I ran my 20 miler last Wednesday to accommodate for a very important race that happened last weekend. It seemed to be the best option on the table for me to run the race the way I wanted AND get the most out of my 20 mile run. Unfortunately, running 20 on Wednesday meant skipping my beloved Thursday night track workout. I had to sneak in a recovery run Saturday morning, and then do my 13 mile run on Sunday morning. I decided to do a double on my hills course since we were having an event there.
Flashback to the 20 miler for a sec, because if you’ve ever trained for a marathon you know you can’t just gloss over a 20 miler without saying anything about it!
As soon as I started running I felt completely not recovered from the race on Sunday–horrible feeling to have only a couple of miles into a lonely 20 mile run. I pushed through, running about 30 seconds over my marathon pace, which was really fine, I just felt horrible doing it! To make matters worse, my hamstrings actually started cramping at about mile 18. I never felt anything like that before. Just about out of electrolytes, I knew I was almost home. When I got there I crumbled to the floor.
So yeah, my 20 mile run was not encouraging at all. I almost never have a great 20 mile run. In 2013 I think I cried and walked, but I went on to PR NYC Marathon like crazy. So I guess the moral is just cause the 20 miler feels like an emotional load of bricks, the training is still effective.
I was hoping for a much more positive experience yesterday as I chose to run 13 hilly miles on my home course. I could tell from the beginning it was going to be much better–and it was. I had my bounce back. Ran just about my marathon pace. And felt great doing it.
It’s officially taper time, and I couldn’t be happier. Some runners hate it, I love it. I do well when I’m rested and fresh and I’m looking forward to focusing on being just that when September 13th rolls around.
Do you turn into an emotional wreck during long runs?
Have you ever cramped like that?
What was your training like this weekend?
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